• Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    My Favorite Korean Convenience Store Finds

    There are a lot of convenience stores in Manila. That industry had a boom when the franchise fees/packages from the popular convenience store chains dropped. A lot of Filipinos with a few capital to spare also operated their own convenience stores because while it was hard work, it’s a very lucrative business and very scaleable too especially if you are in a great location. But no matter how many convenience stores there are in my neighborhood, I don’t think going there was ever a staple part of my day. I do visit them very rarely, and only when I want a quick snack but I can’t think of anything I…

  • South Korea,  Travel

    Extraordinary Jeju Island

    Jeju Island is arguably the most beautiful place in Korea. It’s not called the “island of the gods” for nothing. Jeju Island was created entirely from volcanic eruptions that happened some 2 million years ago and is considered as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The island contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. It’s the largest island and is a preferred holiday destination in Korea. It has gorgeous beaches and lush countryside, the hiking routes are well-mapped and have clear signages, there is an efficient bus system that connects the whole island, food is great, hotels and resorts offer top-notch service for…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel,  Where to Stay in Seoul

    Where to Stay in Seoul: SAMCHEONG-DONG / BUKCHON

    This is the second location for my Where to Stay in Seoul series. The first location I wrote about was Myeongdong and you can read it here. As most of you know, Myeongdong is the ideal place for tourists specially those who are into shopping and street food. And even if that’s not your thing, it is still a good location to be at because if you have nothing to do in the evening, you can just cross over to the shopping streets and find yourself entertained by how busy that area is. Now moving on to this post, you may ask “Where is Samcheong-dong?” or “What’s there to see…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel,  Where to Stay in Seoul

    Where to Stay in Seoul: MYEONGDONG

    I’ve been getting a lot of questions about where to stay in Seoul. The thing is, there are many districts and neighborhoods in Seoul and each has its own charm. There is no single best place to stay at because there are many good options out there and the answer to the question really depends upon where you will stay, what you will do in Seoul, and how much is your budget. I am going to do a series on this topic but I will only cover, in the meantime, the areas of Myeongdong, Samcheongdong, Hongdae, and Gangnam in Seoul, and Nampo and Seomyeon in Busan. And my series will…

  • Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – SIM CARD, POCKET WIFI, PREPAID WIFI, OR FREE WIFI IN SOUTH KOREA

    Nowadays, it has become almost an indispensable part of any travel to stay connected. This is not just to remain reachable by people back home but also to be able to be contacted by your tour-mates especially when traveling in a group. It appears that renting a pocket WiFi is the most economical and convenient option  when traveling in a group because it can be used by up to 5 people sometimes and then you get to share the cost. But what if your group splits up because you have different areas to visit? In my case, I will be going ahead and then my family will just follow. Then,…

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